7th pay commission to be implemented in JK from April 2018



    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir will implement the recommendations of the 7th pay commission from April 2018 to give a massive 23.5 percent hike to lakhs of government employees and pensioners in the state, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said on Wednesday, presenting his third consecutive budget.

    The central government announced the measure for its employees in June last year and a majority of the states have also implemented the recommendation of the pay panel fixing the minimum monthly salary for an employee at Rs 18,000 from the earlier Rs 7,000.

    The maximum salary, as per the pay panel recommendations, is fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh for the Cabinet Secretary, which is more than double the previous pay of Rs 90,000 a month for the country’s top bureaucrat. For other officers in the top scale — secretary or equivalent, the monthly salary is now around Rs 225,000, Drabu said.

    The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in 106 universities/colleges funded by the UGC/Centre, and 329 universities funded by state governments, besides 12,912 government and private-aided colleges affiliated to state universities.

    In addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 central-funded technical institutions such as IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITIE, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The approved pay scales will be applicable with effect from January 1, 2016. The annual Central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs 9,800 crore, the government said in a statement.

    The implementation of this revision will enhance teachers’ pay in the range of Rs 10,400 and Rs 49,800.

    “This revision will register an entry pay growth in the range of 22 percent to 28 percent,” Javadekar said.